A continuation of skills, technique, and terminology from the four previous levels. Choreography is technical, strong, and bursting with passion and energy.
Students must know basic tap terminology and be able to execute basic tap movements at the barre as well as center floor to enter into the first course of our tap program. Student progression into the next course will be based on teacher recommendation. Tap III is our most advanced level of tap. Mastery level of skills and technical proficiency increase.
The foundation of dance, the center and basis for every subject in dance. Without the technique and discipline learned in ballet, none of the other subjects would be possible. Ballet teaches control, stability, poise and grace - characteristics every dancer should assume.
Ballet III/Pointe is a continuation of the Ballet II class. Barre work is done every week with the emphasis on challenging the dancer's speed and memory. Dancers are expected to be able to perform everything learned at the barre in their center floor routines, doing so with grace and poise. This class is taught at a faster pace than Ballet II. Ballet III-level pointe is a continuation of beginner pointe, with the expectation that the dancer has mastered balancing and understands proper use of core muscles.
These classes are relatively fast-paced and challenging and allow students to emphasize their creative rhythmic talents. Hip Hop encourages students to create their own style of expression to music. This style of dance is not as thoroughly structured as most dance subjects. Therefore, all students are required to have previous experience in jazz or Hip Hop before enrolling in this class. Basically, Hip Hop should be viewed as a supplementary class for an experienced dancer.
This class combines the strong, controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance's emphasis on the torso. Contemporary dance originally borrowed from modern, jazz, and classical styles but now incorporates elements of many different styles of dance. The choreography may be abstract or narrative. Contemporary dance employs the use of contract/release, fall and recovery, floor work, and improvisation. Dancers will become accustomed to working lower to the floor and having a more grounded presence. They will also become familiar with changes in rhythm, speed, and direction, which results in greater versatility as a dancer.